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Rebecca Slayton: Cybersecurity, Star Wars, and Software Engineering

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Rebecca Slayton is a professor at the Department of Science and Technology Studies and Judith Reppy Institute for Peace and Conflict Studies at Cornell University.
We talk to Rebecca about cybersecurity, the early history of software engineering during the Cold War, the role of scientific and technological expertise in public policy, and how to think about risk and reliability. Rebecca’s book on how knowledge about computing was shaped by and influenced the development of US missile defence during the Cold War is “Arguments that Count: Physics, Computing, and Missile Defense, 1949-2012” (MIT Press, 2013), which won the Computer History Museum Prize in 2015.

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Olle Häggström: Science, Technology, and the Future of...

436 views June 29, 2017

Olle Häggström is a Professor of mathematical statistics at Chalmers University of Gothenburg,...

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Carsten Schürmann: Digital Democracy and Electronic...

478 views May 19, 2017

Carsten Schürmann is the leader of the Demtech research center, which studies the interplay...

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Vincent F. Hendricks: Attention economics and truth in...

703 views May 02, 2017

We ask Vincent F. Hendricks, professor of formal philosophy at Copenhagen University and the...

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Toby Walsh: Kidneys, Cars, and Killer Robots

645 views March 29, 2017

Toby Walsh is a leading researcher in artificial intelligence and a prolific populariser of...

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Troels Bjerre Lund: Poker-Playing Bots

741 views March 08, 2017

In early 2017, two independent research teams announced progress in artificial intelligence:...